In what I consider to be one of the coolest uses for the WordPress.org API yet, W-Shadow has published his findings regarding the WordPress plugin repository. The data includes a list of the top 10 WordPress plugin developers as ranked by the number of downloads a particular plugin has. It was no surprise to me that Lester ‘Gamerz’ Chan who has created a wide assortment of plugins for WordPress was near the top of the list at number three. Also no surprise was Michael Torbert who took over the development of the All In One SEO plugin to round off the number one spot. On top of those findings, here are a few more tidbits:
- Most plugins by a single author : Viper007Bond has 25 plugins hosted on wordpress.org.
- Highest version number : cforms II version 9.4 by Oliver Seidel. This plugin also has the highest number of user ratings – 419 votes.
- Longest plugin name : Sliding Post – Slides latest posts with Carousel effect (55 characters) by dasinfomedia
- Shortest plugin name : mu by Mark Bockenstedt. That’s not WordPress MU – “mu” is an obscure microblog updater plugin.
Please be sure to check out W-Shadows post and while you’re there, take a look at his compiled top 1000 plugin authors table to see where your favorite plugin developer shows up in the list.
Hmm, not sure what to say about that except that it could be an error or it could be true. I know that if you browse to http://automattic.com/projects/ they have a list of plugins that they have created and it doesn’t look like the amount listed on that page equals 56.
I just saw the list of top 1000 plugin authors and noticed the following entry:
Plugin Developer = [No author data : API bug?]
Top Plugin = WordPress Video Solution Framework
Total Downloads = 14,021
Plugins = 56
Plugin author #197 has created 56 plugins but has no name. According to WordPress.org the author of WordPress Video Solution Framework is Automattic Inc. So Automattic Inc. has created 56 WP plugins huh?